I've been looking for this all day and can't find it.

I'm working on a custom contacts page and I am using the custom post type feature so that I can have more control over it. I'm looking to change the edit page to be a custom template, (example when I go to /wp-admin/post.php?post=1234&action=edit), I want it to show a custom page. I don't need any meta boxes or anything. Perhaps the editor, but near the bottom of the page (not at the default top).

I've found how to remove the meta boxes, but I haven't found how to get a clean slate on the CPT edit page.

function remove_metaboxes(){
    remove_meta_box('postexcerpt', 'obpcontacts', 'normal'); // Excerpt box
    remove_meta_box('commentstatusdiv', 'obpcontacts', 'normal'); // Comment status box
    remove_meta_box('commentsdiv', 'obpcontacts', 'normal'); // Comment box
add_action( 'add_meta_boxes', 'remove_metaboxes',11 );

Thoughts on how to create a custom template in the wp-admin edit section for my custom post type?

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  • Don't think so. Read that one hours ago, and it didn't quite explain how to define my own div's to display my custom fields for the edit page. Also, when I set show_ui to false, I lose the whole CPT in my admin menu - also not ideal. Unless I'm just not connecting the dots?
    – Pat
    Aug 31, 2013 at 0:14
  • Yes, if you set the CPT to false you do lose all of the default menus and interfaces. You want a clean slate. That is as clean as it gets. You can then build your own user interface for the CPT.
    – s_ha_dum
    Aug 31, 2013 at 0:45
  • What you are doing above, by the way, is the way to go about removing the parts of the default edit screen that are removable-- not all parts are. That is the problem you are having. Only parts of the edit screen are alterable. You will never get a clean slate. Building from scratch is the only way to remove everything.
    – s_ha_dum
    Aug 31, 2013 at 0:49
  • Yes, exactly what my question is. How do I get to a clean slate? The proposed duplicate you've voted for doesn't help me out too much. Like I said - I'm not connecting the dots on this one.
    – Pat
    Aug 31, 2013 at 1:10

2 Answers 2


As far as I know you can remove almost everything except the title h2 tag, and the .postbox-container border. Also note that the #message is not visible by default but can pop up depending on what you do.

When you register your CPT set supports to an empty array.

'supports' => array ('')

Then you can use the following to unset the publish and slug (the slug in not visible by default but it is there under screen options),

function remove_metaboxes(){
    remove_meta_box('slugdiv', 'obpcontacts', 'normal'); // Slug
    remove_meta_box('submitdiv', 'obpcontacts', 'side'); // Publish box
add_action( 'add_meta_boxes', 'remove_metaboxes', 11 );

You will be left with a few elements that might need to be removed with javascript:

//jQuery enqueue only on your CPT
.removeClass("wrap");  //remove all CSS

If you don't need the functionality (as opposed to hiding the functionality) you can remove it entirely in the list of arguments supplied to register_post_type().

This will only display the title and editor fields.

$args = array(
    'supports' => array( 'title', 'editor' )

Possible supports:

  • 'title'
  • 'editor' (content)
  • 'author'
  • 'thumbnail' (featured image, current theme must also support post-thumbnails)
  • 'excerpt'
  • 'trackbacks'
  • 'custom-fields'
  • 'comments' (also will see comment count balloon on edit screen)
  • 'revisions' (will store revisions)
  • 'page-attributes' (menu order, hierarchical must be true to show Parent option)
  • 'post-formats' add post formats, see Post Formats

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